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Thursday, 4 May, 2000, 12:49 GMT 13:49 UK
King and I opens in triumph
Celebrities were out in force for the triumphant opening of West End musical The King and I.

Composer Lord Lloyd Webber, pop star Boy George and novelist Frederick Forsyth were among first night guests who gave the show a standing ovation at the London Palladium.

The 4m revival of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical stars Elaine Paige and US actor Jason Scott Lee.

It has taken 7m in advance sales and is tipped for a record-breaking run.

Mel C denies affair with assistant

Spice Girl Mel C has denied reports that she is having an affair with her female personal assistant.

The 26-year-old spoke out after reports in the press that she shared a hotel room with Ying Yau during a recent Caribbean holiday.

"People ask me when I'm coming out, I'm never going to come out, because I'm not gay," she told Heat magazine.

"I don't care what people say about me, but if I was gay I couldn't live a lie."

Liam meets Yoko

Oasis singer Liam Gallagher met Beatle John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono when she attended the band's New York concert.

Gallagher and Ono have been writing to each other since he named his son Lennon - one of his musical heroes.

Yoko and son Sean went backstage following the show at Radio City Music Hall, according to music magazine NME.

Also backstage were singer Lulu and actress Liv Tyler.

Jail for rapper DMX

Leading rap star DMX has been sentenced to 15 days in jail after pleading guilty to charges including drugs possession and driving without a licence.

But the musician - whose real name is Earl Simmons - was granted a stay of sentence pending an appeal.

In March, Simmons was stopped by police in New York state for speeding and failing to signal.

Police said he had been driving without a licence and had had marijuana in the car.

James Brown cancels festival gig

Soul star James Brown has dropped out of July's Guildford Festival in the UK after reports that his offices have been damaged by arson.

Last week his offices in Augusta, Georgia, were wrecked by fire believed to have been fuelled by petrol.

Brown currently still plans to honour his other UK commitments at Brighton's Essential festival and his own concert at London's Brixton Academy. Boy George replaces him at Guildford.

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